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Fire Prevention and Protection

Illegal operators multiply as legislation goes unenforced

By: nkolola halwindi     12th April 2002 As the controversy on illegal companies operating in the fire industry rages on, the South African Qualification and Certification Committee (SAQCC) has accused the Department of Labour and Occupational Health (DLOH) and the South African Bureau of Standards (SABS) of deliberately turning a deaf... 

Fire detection turns to software technology

By: nkolola halwindi     12th April 2002 Fire detection has moved away from the installation of the ionisation type of device, which includes radio-active material to using devices with advanced software technology. 

Too much security may be deadly

By: nkolola halwindi     12th April 2002 Stringent security measures, such as sealing of fire-escape routes and other exits in some buildings lead to catastrophic disasters in the case of an outbreak fire, forcing occupants to be trapped in a building on fire, laments fire and security company Springbok Fire MD Kobus Breedt. 

Low-cost fire and evacuation solution

12th April 2002 Poised to take the lead in the security supply industry, Teqtrader, part of Honeywell’s Home and Building Control Business, has introduced the Onyx series of fire-detection products, reportedly the most advanced networkable, life safety support systems, panel and peripheral devices from... 

Flame arresters protect pipelines and ducts

12th April 2002 The most important immediate response to any outbreak of fire is a quick reaction to prevent it from spreading. 

Fire-fighting equipment range expanded

By: nkolola halwindi     12th April 2002 Security firm and manufacturer and service provider of portable fire-fighting equipment Chubb Fire has added a new range of fire-fighting equipment to its existing range in South Africa. 

Department to grow inspectorship

By: nkolola halwindi     12th April 2002 The South African industry does not adhere to the South African Bureau of Standards(SABS) requirements of fire and explosion prevention a this is evident from the horrific fires and accidents that occur, says Department of Labour director Jakes Malatse. 

Fire-protection firm moves into Africa

By: nkolola halwindi     12th April 2002 Project management company in the implementation of integrated fire and security systems Security and Fire Projects has undertaken a number of local and cross border projects in fire and smoke-detection, access control, closed circuit television (CCTV), fire-suppression projects and carbon... 

Fighting fire with fire-detection system

By: Joanne Delaurentis     22nd March 2002 One of Africa’s largest safety equipment manufacturers MSA Africa, has completed the development of its new fire-detection system for the mining industry, following the company’s merger with specialist fire-detection equipment company Computerised Telemetry Technologies in September... 

Heat-resistant insulation launched

28th September 2001 Electrical insulation materials and industrial laminates specialist Calidus Von Roll Isola has launched a new insulation system for low-voltage electric equipment that can withstand extreme temperature stresses. 

SA fire and safety firms merge

28th September 2001 One of Africa’s largest safety-equipment manufacturers MSA Africa has merged with specialist in fire-detection equipment Computerised Telemetry Technologies (CTT). 

Engineers on the march

By: Philip Lloyd     28th September 2001 For years a common topic of conversation was “What were you doing when you heard Kennedy had been shot?” 

London and Marabastad – a comparison

20th July 2001 There has been a fire in the squatter camp in Marabastad near Pretoria. In the middle of the night the fire raged and gutted 32 shacks leaving a hundred people homeless. 

New standards for fire extinguishers

By: System Author     1st December 2000 Four years after the South African Bureau of Standards tightened regulations concerning the reconditioning of handheld fire extinguishers in the Occupational Health and Safety Act, injuries and accidents as a result of substandard servicing of these pressure vessels continue to make news headlines. 

R80-million empowerment deal under way

By: System Author     3rd November 2000 German contribution to SA 

R1,8-billion in insurance claims

By: System Author     14th April 2000 Fire prevention & protection 

6 000 inspections and counting

By: System Author     14th April 2000 Fire prevention and protection 

More effective policing needed

By: System Author     14th April 2000 Fire prevention and protection 

Fire detectors need attention

By: System Author     14th April 2000 Fire prevention and protection 

Services fail survey

By: System Author     14th April 2000 Fire prevention and protection 

Call for in-house fire-extinguishing equipment

By: System Author     14th April 2000 Fire prevention and protection 

New product on offer

By: System Author     14th April 2000 Fire prevention and protection 

85 seconds response to fires

By: System Author     18th February 2000 A new R5-million eight-wheel fire engine is capable of responding to a disaster at the furthest end of its runway in 85 seconds across any terrain. 

Innovator claims that new system can detect and extinguish an explosion in milliseconds

By: System Author     26th November 1999 An explosion-suppression system developed by HS Design Engineering in conjunction with Dectronic has been launched and promises total suppression of a fire or possible explosion within 100 milliseconds. 

Save children from burns 

By: System Author     10th September 1999 South African engineers are being called upon to help save children from burns. 

Lack of fire safety still a burning issue

By: System Author     16th April 1999 What have been some significant developments? We have seen a marked decline in the level of fire safety provided by local authorities. There are many reasons for this, including a shorter working week as stipulated in the Basic Conditions of Employment Act. Local authorities suffering from... 

Four-legged fire detector 

By: System Author     16th April 1999 The latest technological development in fire-accelerant detection has four legs and a keen sense of smell. Tilly, a Border collie trained by owner Kim Yates, is being used by the fire engineering services group of CSIR Building and Construction Technology (Boutek). A former fire investigator at... 

R6,5m fire system for Mozal

By: System Author     16th April 1999 A R6,5-MILLION contract for a fire-detection, public address and evacuation system at the Mozal aluminium smelter in Maputo, Mozambique, has been secured by Progressive Systems Technologies (PST) of Randburg, Gauteng. In September last year the company was awarded the Southern African... 

Passive fire-protection

By: System Author     16th April 1999 Following a damning report in on the state of the fire brigade in the greater Johannesburg area, the importance given to passive fire-protection is also in question, claims BICS Fireproofing director James Kerr. He is of the opinion that passive fire-protection goes hand in hand with the... 

Stronghold established in emergency-vehicle market in the US

By: System Author     16th April 1999 The well-known series 60 engine from the Detroit Diesel Corporation is establishing a stronghold in the emergency vehicle market with standard inclusion in the US Pierce fire engines, supplied to the South African market by local agent HAB International. The electronically-controlled engine is... 

Fire-retardant thatch is hot new roofing

By: System Author     16th April 1999 Fire-retardant specialist Micon Coatings of Lonehill, Gauteng, is all fired up about its newest brainchild. Thatch grass is ordinarily coated with a fire-retardant once the thatch roof has been erected, and this coating is generally applied to the exposed internal and external surfaces. The... 

A breath of fresh air

By: System Author     16th April 1999 The job of a firefighter is one of the most difficult and dangerous there is. It not only demands strength and physical fitness, but also the appropriate equipment to protect against potential risks. The most common form of protection needed is respiratory protection, due to the fact that... 

Damaged equipment rises from the ashes

By: System Author     16th April 1999 Local loss-recovery specialist Relectronic- Remech of Randburg, Gauteng, boasts an impressive track record of producing cost-savings for its clients ranging from 76% to 98% of the replacement value of electronic equipment, electromechanical equipment and computer hardware. The company is not only... 

Fire-detection system for Maputo brewery

By: System Author     12th March 1999 The remote location of the Cervejas De Mozambique (CDM) Brewery near Maputo in Mozambique did not hinder the record-breaking installation time of just 14 days – from placement of order to completed installation – of a new fire-detection and alarm system. Undertaken by High-Tech... 

Flame-retardant plastic developed and tested

By: System Author     5th February 1999 A flame-retardant material which meets all the requirements of the UL 214 standard has been developed and tested by Pioneer Plastics Products made from this material are used in various industries locally and internationally and have proved to be successful in replacement of traditional materials... 

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